Motorists' Goal To Drive Vehicle 200,000 Miles

Many owners concerned about longevity

Andy Bolig - April 11, 2012 11:15 AM


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According to a new national survey conducted by Kelton Research*, motorists on average estimate that a vehicle should go for more than 200,000 miles before sending it into retirement.

 In fact, those American car owners think that a vehicle doesn’t get “old” until it hits around 147,000 miles, and nearly nine in ten (86 percent) vehicle owners are more concerned with engine upkeep than their vehicle’s aesthetics on the inside or outside. The survey also reveals that 85 percent of motorists are more concerned about the longevity of their vehicles, compared to their homes; and rather than using its actual age, 68 percent of car owners use their vehicle’s mileage as the key indicator in determining how old it is.

“With drivers wanting so much mileage from their vehicles, the potential for engine wear and tear is greater and the need for car owners to care for their vehicle’s engine is most important,” said Chris Hayek, Quaker State Global Brand Manager. “We at Quaker State are committed to meeting the needs of drivers everywhere, which is why we developed Quaker State Defy™ motor oil to help drivers who are looking to keep their engines running for a long time.”

Quaker State Defy™, the motor oil designed to help higher mileage engines defy time, is formulated to more effectively meet the changing needs of engines and help higher mileage engines fight wear. The technology in the new Quaker State Defy™ motor oil makes it so durable that independent tests prove it can virtually stop future wear in the engine.**

“The product features higher levels of heat activated anti-wear additives, so that from the date Quaker State Defy™ motor oil is put into service, it prevents up to 98 percent of future metal to metal wear.** These anti-wear additives target high temperature and high-wear surfaces where they are needed most, making Quaker State Defy™ ideal for consumers who want a higher level of protection or who own high mileage vehicles,” added Hayek.

 “April is National Car Care Month, and the spring is the perfect time for drivers everywhere to pay extra attention to their vehicles and help take them 200,000 miles and beyond,” continued Hayek.

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The Truth about Zinc in Motor Oil:

As motor oil continues to evolve, the use of zinc in formulations is a topic of discussion that is repeated with the implementation of each new specification.  There is however, some confusion as to zinc’s role and purpose in motor oil.   In the simplest terms, below is a summary of its purpose.

What is “Zinc” or more accurately ZDDP in Engine Oil? – ZDDP, is a sacrificial chemical coating that is strong enough to withstand very high pressures exhibited within an engine.  Due to the high pressure, much of the engine oil may get squeezed out from between engine parts and the sacrificial coating is all that is left to protect the moving parts.  For decades many engine oil manufacturers have used anti-wear additives that react with metal surfaces.  While the actual molecules may vary from formulation to formulation, they commonly contain zinc, phosphorus and sulfur, and many people refer to them as “zinc” additives for simplicity.

• Automotive Manufacturer Direction – Over time, automotive manufactures have worked to reduce mechanical engine friction by adjusting the technology incorporated; using sliding followers less often and instead using roller followers to extend engine life.  In addition, automotive manufacturers have worked with motor oil manufacturers to reduce the “zinc” anti-wear additive level to help protect emissions equipment and allow for lower oil viscosities as automotive manufacturers seek increased fuel economy numbers.

• Does Good Zinc Go Bad? – Even in brand new engines, very small amounts of oil may be combusted as the engine runs and the same ZDDP anti-wear additives that do such a great job protecting the engine may turn into ash if the oil is burned.  As the ash gets blown down the exhaust pipe, it can stick to newer emission equipment, such as the oxygen sensors and also settle in the catalytic converter over extended periods of time and reduce their effectiveness. 

• Oil Evolution – As new oil categories like GF-5 have been introduced, the automotive manufacturers have reduced the concentration of zinc anti-wear additives in motor oils made to industry specifications. Quaker State Defy addresses the needs of some automotive enthusiasts and classic car owners to combat friction and wear inside their engines by offering 1200 ppm of ZDDP, which is double the amount of ZDDP in found in many GF-5 motor oils.  The formulation utilizes a new low-volatility zinc that has been tested to be catalyst friendly, allowing for the elimination of 98% of future wear, and no harm to the catalytic converters.